The Stray Branch is open to form & style, however free verse is preferred. Not interested in lengthy, long winded poems. Shorter poems have a better chance of being published. Looking for edgy, darker material written from the gut reflecting the heart & human condition known as existence. Topics include, depression, mental illness, loss, sorrow, addiction, recovery, abuse, survival, daily existence, self struggles & discovery through words. Personal, confessional poems are welcomed & embraced here. Rhyming poems are okay. Does not want over-schooled, arrogant, self righteous, religious, political, sentimental, or happy & light pretty poetry. No erotic or sexually explicit poetry. Not interested in poetry written for or by teens or children. No underlined titles please.

Submit up to 6 poems within the body of the email or as attachments. No simultaneous
submissions. Previously published works, whether they be in print, on-line, or on your
personal blog or website are okay.